creating a fabulous wedding ceremony
Deciding on the right words to say in your wedding ceremony can be a daunting prospect.
It is highly possible that neither of you have a clue about how to go about it. No need for dismay - your marriage celebrant is trained to guide you through the whole process. Furthermore, if you are not getting married in a religious ceremony, there are many options to ensure that your wedding ceremony hits the spot, and leaves you with an experience to treasure.
A few exciting ideas to ensure your ceremony will weave its magic and choose words that resonate with you and feel comfortable. We all enjoy a good tale, so share your love story, how you met, and all the qualities of one another’s personalities that say “this is who we are”. These are great ways to captivate and hold everyone’s attention, and help ensure that your ceremony is not ho hum, yawn, heard it all before!
Another idea is to pay tribute to those you love, especially your parents. Your wedding day is as big a deal for them as it is for you. Taking a few moments to thank them for who you have become is a once in a lifetime opportunity. My 19 years experience observing parents’ expressions tells the story - they will be blown away; so much more memorable than a few words of appreciation at your reception.
All marriage celebrants bring their own style, so meeting a few is a good idea, until you find one who you feel will meet your expectations and will help and support you, offer guidance and present your ceremony on your big day with warmth, dignity and professionalism. Your wedding is a milestone, an important rite of passage. At the end of it, if you can say “that was perfect for us”, then it will have worked its magic, and prepared you not only for the rest of your celebration, but for the beginning of married life.
It is impossible to put a price on the emotional experience of getting married. It is not the best idea to choose your marriage celebrant based on the fee.
You are most probably planning the biggest event you have ever been involved with in your lives, and you will want to make sure everything is perfect. If you choose to work with professionals, you will have nothing to worry about. Put the importance of your marriage celebrant and your wedding ceremony at the top of your list, because a wedding ceremony that is fun, humourous and dignified, will kick start your day and set the tone for your wedding day’s success.
The most important thing to work towards as you plan your wedding day is to be able to enjoy the day, knowing all your hard work is over, and that the time has come to relax.
Sheryl Mungal Completed a Certificate in Celebrant Studies in 1999 from Auckland University of Technology. A Foundation member and past Executive Officer of the Celebrant Association of New Zealand, she educates and trains celebrants throughout New Zealand. www.weddings-new-zealand.co.nz